Ambidexter continued his good Autumn three year old form turning the tables on Fat Al by winning the Group 2 $200,000 Sebring Sprint (1400m) at Rosehill today.
Even though Ambidexter didn’t win a race during the Autumn, the four year old was fourth in two Group 1 features before going under to Fat Al in the Group 3 $125,000 Johnnie Walker Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on April 28.
Winning trainer Peter Snowden will keep Ambidexter to distances around 1600m with the Group 1 $500,000 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 6 a likely target.
“I was going to run him last week but I thought I would give him another week’s work and aim at today and I’m going to keep him back to a mile,” Snowden said.
“I just felt last time getting 2000m was stretching it too long and it took the ping out of him. I think the mile will be as far as I will go with him. He needed a win. He ran good races last time without winning one but it was ggood to see him get up and win one today.”
Runner up Fat Al was given an easy run in front by Nash Rawiller and wasn’t going to easily hand the race to Ambidexter without a fight when Keiron McEvoy joined him at the 300m.
Fat Al was sent out the well supported favourite and after having a nice run in front, was out plugged on the line by Ambidexter.